VS: VS: VS: Newbie: get hyperlink working?

Jan Schenkel janschenkel at yahoo.com
Tue Sep 10 06:42:00 EDT 2002

--- Esa_Kivelä <Esa.Kivela at ncrc.fi> wrote:
> [snip]
> Nope: hmm here is exaple:
> lets assume that in the text field some typed like
> "hey chek this link www.ncrc.fi for more
> information" and press SAve button then in the save
> button its puts hole text wield into html-dokument
> BUT now its hole thing appear as text also that
> hyperlink.
> What I try to do that same text appear in the html
> dokument as text but that www.ncrc.fi or what ever
> usres typed as link among the tehxt works like link
> in html-document when save button is pressed.

Ah, now I see what you were going for -- it's not
meant for displaying in RunRev.

Unfortunately, that's not as easy to accomplish :
you'll have to parse the content of the field and try
and determine what is a link and what is not.
The problem there is that people may not always
'format' the link in an easily recognisable way.

A few tricky examples:

1) suppose we want to support including an email
address: someone at example.net must become a link,
including the 'mailto:' bit.
If you just check if there's an '@' sign in the word,
what will happen if you encounter a line
  me:secret at ftp.example.net
which would actually denote an ftp-url.

2) some users will copy&paste a URL from their browser
and it will already contain an 'http://' keyword.
Others will just type "check www.example.net"
Have fun prepending the keywords.

Even though you _can_ overcome all these problems, a
far simpler, alternative method is to provide a
separate field "link" and then insert that into the
html code. It will save you a lot of headaches...

Best regards,

Jan Schenkel.

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